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Why Gig Platforms Need Modern Background Screening Tech To Excel in 2022

Over the last few years, the Gig economy, which offers digital platforms to connect customers with freelancers for short-term services, has been growing in importance. As we head into 2022, Gig has grown as an industry, but what business challenges have grown alongside it? While Trust and Safety teams focus on onboarding people quickly, they […]

How Often Should You Run Continuous Background Checks on Your Contractor and Vendor Network?

It is important to rescreen contractors throughout their time with the company because behaviors and information can quickly change after an individual is brought into an organization for work. This rescreen cycle typically takes place every two years. According to data across varying U.S. service provider networks in differing industries, less than 10 percent of […]

Best Practices You Should Be Following for Contractor Background Check Program

The background screening process should be completed for both employers and contractors, but the focus with most service contract relationships should be on risk mitigation and ensuring no contractor will do operational or reputational damage. Identity verification is a key component to the process. Best practices for managing a contractor background check program include: properly […]

How to De-Risk Hiring in the Gig/Sharing Economy

Although the gig or sharing economy has continued to grow in popularity since the start of the pandemic, there are always risks associated with hiring independent contractors, including the costs of making the wrong hire and reputational damage when the person doesn’t perform as promised. There is also a risk to customers and the business […]

Does PRO Act Change Contingent Workforce Screening?

The United States House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) in March, changing the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, as well as other laws that impact workers’ rights to organize. Freelancers, or self-employed contractors and gig workers who take on projects, are divided over the bill’s inclusion of […]

Contingent Workforce Trends in an (Almost) Post-Pandemic World

According to Pew Research, 25 percent of adults in the United States reported that they or someone in their household lost a job and 32 percent reported a reduction in hours or pay due to the pandemic. On the other hand, grocery stores, online retailers and quick-service restaurants rapidly expanded hiring. In addition, many companies […]

3 Reasons Why It’s Sensible to Screen Contractors Before Working with Them

Employers conduct background checks all the time on potential hires, so it only makes sense that those looking to work with a contractor should do the same. For starters, contactors that don’t have their employees covered could mean bearing responsibility for neglecting to look into coverage before hire. Whether or not the contractor has been […]

Legal Experts Weigh In: 4 Best Practices for Screening Non-Employees

When it comes to background checking, four best practices can help provide guidance. These include understanding how one fits in from a screening perspective, effectively communicating who is managing which elements of the background checking process, ensuring compliance with applicable laws (Fair Credit Reporting Act – FCRA, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – EEOC and Ban […]

Contractor Background Check Program Best Practices You Should Be Following

A contractor is defined as any individual that is not directly employed by an organization but undertakes a contract to complete a service or job. The screening practices for this type of individual should be completed differently than an employee because traditional supervision, direct relationships, and other requirements don’t exist in this situation. There are […]

Freelancing is on Fire. Should Businesses Screen Independent Contractors?

The gig economy was going strong even before the pandemic and now, many are turning to freelancing as a means to make money from home. Freelancers are not considered employees and do not receive the same traditional protections, but employers largely have the same liability issues with these workers as with regular employees and should […]


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